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    Principal Lopez 
Played by: Jose Miguel Lopez

The principal at West Valley.


  • Horrible Judge of Character: He allows Stingray, a Manchild with no experience or qualifications for working with children, to interview for a security guard position at the school. Even worse, he then allows him to intervene when the karate brawl breaks out, only for him to wade in on the side of Cobra Kai and blatantly assault several Miyagi-Do students.
  • Mr. Exposition: His role in the community meeting at the start of Season 3, as he explains the school's new no-tolerance policy towards karate and what happened to Stingray to the parents, and by extension the audience.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Downplayed. He seems like he could be one under normal circumstances. Unfortunately, he is completely unprepared for a karate gang war at his school and makes some poor decisions in his panic, like letting Stingray try to stop it.
  • The Scapegoat: As the school principal, he bears the brunt of the parents' wrath following the school brawl.
  • Straight Man: Compared to the blissfully ignorant Counselor Bratt, he's a much more normal school administrator.
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    Counselor Blatt 
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Played by: Erin Bradley Dangar

The guidance counselor at West Valley. She is quite terrible at her job.


  • Adults Are Useless: Doesn't have a clue how to deal with teenage students, and tends to make things worse rather than better.
  • Didn't Think This Through: As we see in Eli's flashback, Eli's mother specifically requested Eli's name be left out of the public announcement. Unfortunately, Blatt didn't think this applied to any other potential identifiers, mentioning a mother calling about her son being bullied because of his lip. Identifying the complainant's gender is bad enough (reducing the potential suspects by about one-half), but mentioning the specific thing he's being bullied over — which the bullies would obviously remember, since they're the ones making a big deal about it in the first place — means everyone immediately connects the Eli-shaped dots.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While irritatingly blind to the Cobra Kai bullying, she's right that the Miyagi-Do picking a fight with them on purpose is completely inappropriate on school grounds and would only encourage other students to engage in the same behavior.
  • Everyone Has Standards: For all of her ignorance and incompetence, even she recognizes the D.A.R.E. program is completely ineffective at keeping teenagers from using drugs.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to Dangar, Blatt's misguided wisdom and sensitivity stem from being bullied as a high school student.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Her weaksauce attempt to teach the school's bullies that teasing and cyber-bullying hurts the victims gives away her utter obliviousness to the simple fact that bullies want to hurt people.
  • Good Is Dumb: Seems to not understand teenagers at all, despite her good intentions, hence her incredible incompetence.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In season 3, she takes Hawk's paying lip service to political correctness (and handy experience as a legitimate bullying victim) at face value and lets him off the hook for any misdeeds while punishing all of the Miyagi-Do students.
  • Hypocrite: A subtle example. While promoting Political Correctness Gone Mad, she encourages students to wear costumes like "gender-neutral hospital worker" instead of "sexy nurse" to the Halloween Dance, apparently forgetting that "nurse" is already a gender-neutral term and inadvertently promoting the sexist assumption that all nurses are women.
  • Lawful Stupid: She upholds order in West Valley High and has zero tolerance for physical fighting on school grounds. The problem, however, is that she never accounts for the circumstances behind everyone involved.
  • The Load: Quite frankly, just a hair shy of The Millstone. Can't get a handle on cruelty and bullying at school, and every time she tries to quench the violence, she makes it worse.
    • In season 3, she has the Miyagi-Do and the Cobra Kai students brought in for a violent soccer game. She only hears Cobra Kai, then releases them and punishes Miyagi-Do without hearing them or the P.E. teacher that sent them.
    • She orders searches of student backpacks without taking into account that the brawl in Season 2 was weaponless. The only weapon (Tory's spikes) was a repurposed fashion item. By ordering the security personnel to search every bag, the only thing she's doing is making busy work, and holding up security and students.
    • When the Cobra Kai students bully Demetri, destroying his elaborate science project and drawing a huge dick on his cast, she's nowhere to be seen.
    • It's possible that she's scared of Cobra Kai and she just allows them to do as they please (in stark contrast to Miyagi-do). But a school official who fears the students as such is a textbook example of this trope.
  • Loose Lips: While trying to dissuade the students from engaging in cyber-bullying, she ends up telling the entire school that a student cried at home over being teased for his facial scar. Namedropping those details immediately tells the students that she's talking about Eli. And she doesn't even seen to notice when she does it. Season 2 reveals that Eli's mother was the one who asked for that announcement to be made, in spite of his (correct) warnings that it wouldn't help.
  • Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: She doesn't quite grasp just how apathetic and cruel teenagers can be, as shown when she thinks just lecturing them on how much teasing hurts will convince them to stop.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She tries to dissuade the students from cyber-bullying by telling them how a student's mother called her about her son getting mocked for his facial scar. Since she's obviously talking about Eli, he just gets mocked even more.
  • Obliviously Evil: She's a completely incompetent authority figure who continually makes things more difficult for the protagonists and never realizes the damage she's doing or suffers any consequences for it.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Often lectures the students on how to be as non-offensive and neutral as possible, though the problem is less her being politically correct and moreso that she prioritizes it over actually fixing the root of the problem in the first place.
  • Profanity Police: She doesn't tolerate swearing on school grounds and reprimands Sam for calling bullshit over the school's handling of the fight between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do in a soccer match.
    Sam: This is bullshit!
    Blatt: Miss LaRusso! That is not how we express ourselves here. I think you need two weekends of rehabilitative detention.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She apparently went to high school with Daniel, Johnny and Ali during the events of the first film, and is apparently Ali's friend's younger sister.
  • Skewed Priorities: She cares more about students using the buzzwords she wants them to use than questioning every detail of bullying incidents that occur in the school.
  • Super Gullible: Any time there's a confrontation between Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai on school grounds, she's quick to accept Hawk's lies about Miyagi-Do.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If she was even slightly more competent at her job, Cobra Kai may have never experienced a comeback thanks to the rush of bullied students looking to Cobra Kai for solving their bullying problems.

    Mr. Palmer 
Played by: Dustin Lewis

The science teacher at West Valley.


  • Apathetic Teacher: Downplayed. He seems reasonably passionate about actually teaching, but is understandably unenthusiastic about the idea of trying to break up an out of control karate brawl.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His refusal to do anything to stop the school brawl seems quite callous, but he is right that breaking up karate riots is not part of his job description. Not having any martial arts training of his own and having just seen one of his fellow teachers get thrown to the ground for trying to intervene, there's realistically very little he could do to help even if he wanted to. Also, Counselor Blatt states in Season 3 that it would be against NEA guidelines for him to get involved anyway.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He allows Sam to join Miguel and Demetri's group for his science class when her lab partner is absent.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His reaction to Demetri trying to get him to break up the brawl in the Season 2 finale.
    "Screw this, they don't pay me enough."

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    Yasmine 
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Played by: Annalisa Cochrane

"After the whole, you know... front wedgie thing... I know what it's like. Sucks to have everyone laughing at you."

The resident queen bee at the high school. She, Sam, and Moon are a trio at the beginning of the series... before Sam and (later) Moon tire of Yasmine's cruelty. Her bullying ultimately results in her being humiliated by Aisha near the end of season 1. When Yasmine returns in season 3, she's noticeably more humble.


  • Alpha Bitch: She's considered the hottest girl in school and she's loaded, but she also happens to be a bully and a complete asshole to almost everyone around her. While she doesn't beat people up the way Kyler does, she unloads a ton of psychological abuse on people and has no problem using cyber-bullying on them. Aisha can testify to this firsthand. She hasn't changed much come her return to school in Season 3, but is since more prone to making snide remarks at worst than malicious attacks. Although over the course of Season 3, she does start to develop into a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • The Atoner:
    • Defied at first. Moon tries to convince her to apologize to Aisha for their actions, but Yasmine dismissively brushes Moon off, and walks off while bumping into Aisha at the same time.
    Yasmine: Whatever. You deserve them, Moon.
    • Became one by season 3, episode 7, after the wedgie Aisha gave her and her vacation in France. Yasmine is one of the few people who doesn't laugh when Kyler draws a big dick in Demitri's cast at the cafeteria, and later helps him fix his cast.
      "I love your big dick. - Yas"
  • Beauty Is Bad: In Season 1. The most gorgeous girl at West Valley High and one of the absolute worst people. See Expository Hairstyle Change.
  • Birds of a Feather: Yasmine and Demetri might seem like an Opposites Attract type of kind of couple, but honestly they are both snarky, mouthy and condescending teens that have suffered from public humiliation so of course they manage to bond over that and see the good in each other.
  • Blatant Lies: Her father buys her claim that she ran into a deer while driving (when she actually hit Johnny's car) without question, and buys a brand-new car for her instead. Also denies being in any relationship with Demetri despite publically kissing him in school in season 3.
  • Book Dumb: Not the brightest light-bulb in the chandelier, academically speaking.
  • Break Them by Talking: Subverted. Yasmine confronts Aisha for crashing the canyon party and tries to verbally put her down in front of her face. Unfazed, Aisha delivers a well-deserved comeuppance to Yasmine in the form of a super painful wedgie.
    Yasmine: Yeah, well, I know you and your little karate gang think you're cool. But we all remember who you really are. You're just a fugly bitch, and your friends are all freaks.
  • Break the Haughty: After the front-wedgie incident and the re-ordering of the school's social status, she's taken down quite a few pegs. While's she's still pretty vain, she also becomes surprisingly sympathetic to kids who are being bullied, and even forms an attachment to Demetri, of all people.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Sure, Yasmine, get in Aisha's face when she's Not Afraid of You Anymore. Go ahead and call her a fugly bitch (see Break Them by Talking above) when you're completely outside the school grounds and she's got a small army on her side (which she doesn't even need because you don't even know how to fight). What an Idiot!.
  • The Bus Came Back: She returns from France in Season 3 and - understandably - is confused by the huge shift in the school's power dynamics since Season 2.
  • The Cheerleader: Her costume at the first-season Halloween party (specifically a Laker Girl), and she fits the dumb jerkass criteria to a T.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her father dotes on her, to the point that he doesn’t question her Blatant Lies about hitting a deer (she actually t-boned Johnny’s car) and buys her a brand-new car instead.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On Facebook, she makes a snide and condescending remark about Aisha and her board breaking skills (and her size).
    Yasmine: Impressive... can't believe the belt made it around ur waist.
  • Dirty Coward: Loves cyber-bullying, which Johnny Lawrence is quick to point out as extremely pathetic. She also nearly enters the fetal-position when a homeless person stands outside of her locked car. Oh, and she doesn't do any of her own physical fighting.
  • Dude Magnet: Several guys vie to be close to her, though she's really not interested in any of them.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When she returns in Season 3, she's sporting a slightly less-flattering choppy bob instead of her perfect Regina George-style hair from Season 1. She not only looks fairly different, it's a subtle way to signal both the way she's been humbled a notch and her openness to getting together with someone as offbeat and "uncool" as Demetri.
  • Foil: To Kyler in season 3. While he learned nothing from his experiences in season 1, Yasmine was humbled by her humiliation at the beach party and she's become more empathetic to the teens she used to bully.
  • Geeky Turn-On: She seems to be put off by Demetri's awkward and quirky personality at first, but in season 3, he manages to impress her with his Lego volcano project. She even looks genuinely offended when Hawk wrecks it.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Lovable Nerd Demetri and Alpha Bitch Yasmine made out in public in season 3 after she became more sympathetic towards him.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Yasmine is significantly nicer in Season 3, but she's still not exactly nice. She still has a bit of a bitchy personality, but she is far better than the malicious bully she was in Season 1.
  • Hate Sink: In Season 1, she's an unrepentant bitch who thrives off of posting hate comments on social media. It's notable that even Kyler (her Spear Counterpart in this regard) is more respected by her posse at this time. When she comes back in season 3, she seems to have gotten a bit nicer.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She feebly takes this stance when she is caught making out with Demetri in season 3 (and Demetri pretends to be caustic back to her). Sam and Miguel aren't fooled by their act for a second, and Demetri gives it up and confesses his love the moment Yasmine's out of earshot.
  • Hidden Depths: Less hidden and more "using her powers for good instead of evil", but Yasmine has more than enough positive social and emotional intelligence to come up with an absolutely brilliant Bigger Is Better in Bed fix for Demetri's cast almost instantly, and then sign her own work.
  • Humble Pie: She becomes a laughing stock after Aisha introduces her to the Melvin while in the presence of the other canyon party attendees. It even causes her to sympathize with outcasts like Demetri when she returns in season three.
  • Implausible Deniability: Sam and Miguel catch her making out with Demetri in Season 3, but she denies harboring any romantic feelings for him... even though they just shared a passionate kiss in the middle of a school hallway in plain sight of everybody.
  • It's All About Me: In season 1? Holy shit how! She didn't even consider Moon to be a Morality Pet! In season 3? Less so.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In season 3, while she is still snobbish and unhappy with how the social structure at West Valley has changed following the brawl, she's more empathetic towards outcasts like Demetri and shows signs of becoming a better person.
  • Kick the Dog: In season 1, she thrives off of posting hateful comments and memes on social media, which are especially directed towards Aisha. In season 3, she seems to have left that childishness behind.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: By the end of Season 1, Yasmine ends up on the receiving end of the very cyber-bullying that she would normally unleash on others after the episode in which she is hit with Aisha's Melvin is recorded on the partiers' devices.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: The "Front Wedgie Incident". Even after all summer has gone by, her classmates continue to tease her about it.
  • Pet the Dog: After Kyler doodles a penis on the cast covering Demetri's right arm, she writes "I love your big dick" on it and signs her name.
  • Put on a Bus: During Season 2, she spends the summer in France and she was offscreen when school resumes. She returns onscreen in season 3.
  • Redemption Rejection: As mentioned above, Yasmine refuses to apologize to Aisha for humiliating her. This prompts Aisha to give Yasmine a painful and humiliating Melvin in front of a crowd.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: In Season 3, Yasmine has lost her popularity and position at top of her high school's social hierarchy after receiving her Humble Pie. Along with the added threat that a good chunk of students at the school are now trained martial artists, Yasmine no longer bullies others like she did in Season 1. Additionally, being given A Taste of Their Own Medicine has made her realize that nobody deserves the harassment she use to unleash on others. That doesn't stop her from being a snarky and mouthy teenager who teases her classmates, but her insults are much less malicious this time around, and she is never seen doing any form of cyberbullying.
  • Rich Bitch: She comes from a well-off family whose parents dote on her all the time, and is overall unpleasant to be around.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Actually gains some slight eventual character rounding from this. She's Yasmine-with-a-Y, when the far more American spelling is "Jasmine" or other variants with a J. To differentiate her from trendy and superficial Kyler, it's actually a perfectly legitimate French name. Combined with her then spending Season 2 in France, it suggests she could even have relatives there and it wasn't just a vacation. There remains more about her that we don't know.
  • Spoiled Brat: She is used to her parents giving her everything she wants.
  • Smug Snake: She thinks she's being clever in her desires to get in the face of everyone along with talking a load of bull behind a computer screen, but the fact that she cowers at the mere sight of a homeless woman outside her car along with the fact that she went out of her way to trash a trained martial artist For the Evulz and paid the price for doing so only showcase that while she's rich, she's nothing but a spiteful cowardly idiot. As with her other unpleasant traits, she's much less vain and egotistical in season 3.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: The Laser-Guided Karma of cyber-bullying mentioned above. It might not have happened if she had left well enough alone and not memed Aisha after learning she was a Cobra Kai member. In Season 3, Yasmine now knows what is like to be on the receiving end of her bullying methods, and actually came to the realization that nobody deserve that kind of treatment, and Took a Level in Kindness as a result.
  • Thin-Skinned Bully: Zig-zagged. After that taste of Humble Pie at the canyon where she wants to have her party in season 1, she hightails it out of there hobbling. But when she returns in season 3... well, she still makes the occasional snide remark, but she's no longer a Hate Sink-level Alpha Bitch.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed. She is still snobbish to some degree come the beginning of Season 3, but she is a changed person compared to who she was in Season 1, and she sympathizes with a humiliated Demetri, knowing what it's like to be made fun of in public.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Almost all the negative traits displayed by Sam and Moon during the first season are the result of Yasmine’s influence.
  • Tsundere: Season 3 shows her starting to develop an attraction to Demetri, not that she'll admit it even when caught clearly locking lips with him.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Yasmine decides to try her Mean Girls shtick on Aisha before she leaves the party despite Aisha outweighing her by a hundred pounds and practicing a martial art that prides itself on aggression and pragmatism. The brutal Melvin she gets in response could honestly be seen as merciful compared to what Aisha was capable of doing instead.
  • You Are Fat: Whether in-person or online, this is her go-to tactic toward Aisha (the former in which she refers to a "one size fits all" costume as "false advertising").

    Moon 
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Played by: Hannah Kepple

"Come on guys, can't we all just get along?"

Yasmine's former right hand in their clique of hot, rich girls.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. She has a thing for tough guys, but she also seems genuinely committed to her "peace and love" ideology. She falls for Eli when he adopts a mohawk and tough-guy attitude, but when we she sees him actually bullying other kids, she promptly breaks up with him.
  • Ascended Extra: Moon is merely a side character in season 1, but gains a more prominent role in season 2.
  • The Atoner: Near the end of season 1, she befriends the Cobra Kai students and apologizes to Aisha for what her clique did to her. She tries to convince Yasmine to do the same, but Yasmine dismissively brushes Moon off.
    Moon: I apologized to Aisha for what we did, and you should too.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Not Moon herself, but her girlfriend Piper is completely absent and not mentioned in Season 3 after her introduction at the end of Season 2, despite only two weeks having passed In-Universe.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: "Spaced out" is a mild way of putting it.
  • The Confidant: By the time season 2 rolls around, she's Sam's only remaining female friend and, thus, the only one she can talk about stuff like her developing feelings for Robby.
  • Demoted to Extra: She only plays a lesser role in the story come Season 3.
  • The Ditz: In season 1, between her and Sam and Yasmine, she appears to be the dumbest of the trio by a pretty large margin. In season 2, she invites both Cobra Kai students and Miyagi-Do students to the same party. If the police hadn't come, the big brawl might have started on her property!
  • Foil: To Bobby Brown. Both were a part of a posse of popular kids who bullied others. However, both show that they are more compassionate and conscience-stricken than they let on and later do apologize to their respective victims.
  • Genki Girl: When she wasn't a sidekick to Yasmine, she has developed a more cheerful and enthuastic personality so she seems more likable and endearing to people inside the show and out.
  • Granola Girl: In season 2, when she gets to show more of her personality, Moon turns out to be mostly a hippy, but without the dirt. The trope is more deeply explored during her performance at the peace rally in the third season.
  • Hidden Depths: Season 3 reveals she knows how to play the guitar when she plays a song during a peace rally after the school brawl. Even if it drips with saccharine.
  • Hypocrite: Breaks up with Hawk for being a bully, yet earlier in the episode she's admiring a photo of Yasmine on Instagram, implying they're still friends.
  • Innocent Beta Bitch: While she did participate in the cyberbullying of both Aisha and Sam alongside Yasmine, she does make a turnaround and apologizes for her actions. Later on, she actually breaks up with Hawk because of his new bullying attitude. Not only that, but she attempted to mend the friendship amongst the students of Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do Karate.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Compared to her friends Kyler and Yasmine, Moon is not a mean person by nature. In Episode 9, she befriends the Cobra Kai students, leading her to apologize to Aisha and trying to encourage Yasmine to do the same. Moon is also the only student to not laugh at Yasmine after she is given a front wedgie by Aisha, showing that she still cares about her friend despite everything Yasmine has done. Season 2 sees her trying to heal the tensions between Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do, and she is the only person to remain friends (not a Friendly Enemy as Sam and Aisha sometimes are, but actual friends) with students of both dojos.
  • Nice Girl: As long as she's not with Yasmine, Moon is a friendly girl who just wants everyone to get along.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She decides to have a house party and invite both dojos in the hopes everyone will have fun together and be friendly again. Instead, Alcohol-Induced Stupidity ensues and the two groups pull several stunts against the other that make tensions worse. It swells up until a drunk Sam and Miguel kiss each other, causing Tory to get jealous and kick off the school brawl by assaulting Sam the next day.
  • Odd Friendship: Moon is a bubbly Girly Girl and Demetri is a cynical Nerd and in season 2, they two actually have a platonic relationship with each other and not only is she humored by Demetri, she also breaks up with Hawk when she found that he bullied him over a Yelp review. And in season 3, (along with Yasmine) she took genuine interest in Demetri's Lego volcano and also hated to see it get destroyed because of Hawk.
  • Only Sane Woman: She tries to defuse the situation when the entirety of West Valley High School gets into an all-out brawl. Unsurprisingly, it has the reverse effect.
  • Peer-Pressured Bully: Moon is actually a very nice person and only goes along with Yasmine's bullying to stay in her good graces. However, she eventually gets tired of it and decides to confront Yasmine about what they've been doing to Aisha after apologizing to the latter first. The fact that she's close friends with Demetri really emphasises how much of an accepting and friendly person she is for most of the show.
  • The Reveal: Of the Suddenly Sexuality variety. After breaking up with Hawk, he tries hitting on a girl, Piper, at Moon's party, only to find out she's Moon's girlfriend. Not only is he stunned (and too bummed to appear to find Girl-on-Girl Is Hot), Moon's phrasing makes it sound like she hasn't dated girls before.
    Moon: It's...new.
  • Round Hippie Shades: During the car wash in the third season, where the campus was attempting to raise money for Miguel's medical bills.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Demetri is the savvy guy and Moon is the energetic girl. As soon as Demetri and Moon became close friends, Demetri was the snarky and rational cynic who's personality completely contrasted with Moon being a naive and ditzy optimist.
  • Shipper on Deck: Becomes one for Sam and Robby in season two.
  • The Stoner: Gets her weed from her mom.
    Moon: It's supposed to be lower in calories, or something.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She believes that having both dojos get together at her party (complete with booze!) will help soothe things over and make everyone friends again. Whoops!
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    Kyler 
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"Want another beatdown, 'Rhea?"
Played by: Joe Seo

"I've got a lot on my mind right now! If I don't pass trig this semester, my dad's gonna shit in my mouth!"

The local bully at the high-school that Sam is attracted to early in the first season. At Kreese's invitation, he visits his dojo in Season 3 and demonstrates his worth as Cobra Kai material.


  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Double Subverted. Initially, he's the only Asian in a show about karate and while he does practice a martial art, it's a western martial art (wrestling) and he's not very good at it. He gets much better after he joins Cobra Kai at Kreese's invitation.
  • Asian Airhead: A rare male example, the dude clearly doesn’t have much going on upstairs. Case in point: when Daniel asked where his parents are from, as in which country they originated, Kyler replies with "Irvine". On top of that, the third season shows him as struggling at school academically given that his dad has supposedly threatened punishment if he doesn't pass an upcoming trigonometry test. Just look at the top quote in this character folder.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Season 1, he manages to charm the LaRussos into blessing his relationship with Sam, putting on a much friendlier, gentlemanly persona. This is mostly gone afterward as his acts of jerkassery become more blatant.
  • The Bully: His stock in trade. Kyler and his gang savagely bully Miguel and his friends every chance they get. He is also no stranger to cyber-bullying.
  • Bully Brutality: He and his gang beat Miguel unconscious at one point. During the home invasion, he deals a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Miguel's back, while Miguel is still recovering from a life-threatening spinal injury.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns in Season 3, and visits the Cobra Kai dojo at Kreese's invitation with his gang.
  • The Brute: Becomes this for Cobra Kai in Season 3. Kyler is physically strong but lacks the intelligence and skill of Hawk, Tory, and Robby meaning he's little more than muscle in Kreese's hierarchy.
  • Came Back Strong: Unlike Brucks, who was hit with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Due to his athleticism, Kyler trumps Mitch, of all people, in a one-on-one fight despite the latter spending a longer time as a Cobra Kai. He reaffirms his newfound strength when he fights Miguel again during Cobra Kai's assault on the Miyagi-Dos and Eagle Fangs and gives his opponent a hard time.note 
  • Demoted to Dragon: Kyler starts out the series as the show's first true main antagonist during the first half of Season 1, before ultimately losing to Miguel at the season's halfway point. He later returns as an antagonist in Season 3, but just as a student to show's real Big Bad, Kreese, and even then he's supplanted by Robby as the biggest threat among the students.
  • Dirty Coward: After Miguel kicks the shit out of him and his friends single-handedly, he starts avoiding any confrontation with him. It bears mentioning that even before that, he's too gutless to fight without his buddies around to back him up. He also only decides to try to get back at Miguel when he is recovering from a near-fatal injury and isn't strong enough to give him a full effort in a fight.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He is defeated partway through Season 1. At this point, Miguel's main problem goes from dealing with his bullying to defeating Robby in the All-Valley tournament.
  • Dumb Jock: Reveals late in the third season that he's apparently struggling in trig, claiming that his dad will "shit in [his] mouth" (doubling as Toilet Humour) if he fails the upcoming test, which implies that this is a recurring issue for him.
  • Evil Counterpart: Eviler Counterpart to Johnny in the first Karate Kid. As boorish as Johnny was in that film, he at least genuinely loved Ali and only bullied Daniel because Daniel kept provoking him (wittingly or not). Kyler, by contrast, never truly respected or loved Sam, and bullied Miguel and his friends just for the hell of it. Additionally, Johnny believes cyber-bullies are Dirty Cowards and would never harass someone over the net, while Kyler has no such scruples. Later on, Johnny makes it clear to Miguel that if a girl doesn't want to do anything physical, then the guy should back off — and even as a teenager, Johnny is never seen laying a hand on Ali, not even after she punches him. As shown when he is with Sam in episode 4, Kyler is not nearly so gentlemanly.
  • Expy: An Eastern Asian brute who mistreats everyone around him including the woman he is interested in and antagonizes a kid much smaller than him. He's shaping up to be another Chozen (who at least demonstrated Character Development and a motive for his ruthlessness).
  • Fatal Flaw: Kyler is too much of a sadistic bully to fight properly. When he gets Johnny in a hold he doesn't secure it because he'll rather taunt and punch him which backfires hard. Even after being trained at Cobra Kai, he does the same mistake against Miguel as he'll rather brutalize him and mockingly tell him to Bring It than knocking Miguel out. He does better in an actual spar with rules since he is forced to take things seriously.
  • Flat Character: Exists solely to be an unpleasant asshole. While we’re initially led to believe that there’s more to him and that he’s a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, this later turns out to be an act he’s putting on, and that he really is just a violent asshole. Further illustrating this point is the fact that Yasmine, Season 1’s other resident Hate Sink, later gets some Character Development and gains some redeeming qualities after being publicly humiliated by her main bullying victim, Kyler remains as mean as ever following his own bullying target standing up to him in front of everyone.
  • Flunky Boss: Kyler is too much of a coward to fight on his own, and only picks a fight when his gang is with him. Subverted, after he Took a Level in Badass in Season 3, when he is actually willing to fight Miguel mostly on his own during the Season 3 finale. That doesn't mean he lost his cowardliness, he just chose to attack Miguel while he is still recovering from a near Game-Breaking Injury.
  • Foil:
    • To Yasmine, among others, in Season 3. While Yasmine learned from her experiences in Season 1 and began to change her attitude, Kyler learned absolutely nothing and decides to join Cobra Kai to make himself a stronger bully.
    • To Eli/Hawk in Season 3. After Eli's transformation into Hawk, Hawk started to become more like Kyler, a vicious bully that lashes out at others for petty reasons. The obvious difference is that Hawk has a genuine Freudian Excuse for why he became an aggressive bully (most of which was actually caused by Kyler and his gang), while Kyler's motivation seems to be purely For the Evulz. Eli joined Cobra Kai as a means to learn how to get others to stop bullying him, while Kyler joined Cobra Kai just so that he can get the training needed to get revenge on Miguel. Even at his worse, Hawk still manages to retain some redeeming qualities like his belief in loyalty and his Villainous Friendship with his Cobra Kai classmates. Kyler, on the other hand, was willing to abandon his best friend Brucks to join Cobra Kai after Brucks was badly beaten by Hawk. Ironically, it's when Hawk realized that he has become too much like Kyler for his liking, does he undergo his Heel Realization.
  • For the Evulz: His motivation for being a sadist (also see that entry).
  • Hate Sink: Compare to the Grey-and-Gray Morality setup that most of the other characters have, Kyler is clearly written to be as unlikable as possible and has little to no redeeming traits. Even when Cobra Kai students start falling under He Who Fights Monsters, they are still not as awful as Kyler. Season 3 reaffirms that the guy hasn't changed one bit especially his love of penile drawings and willingness to attack Miguel as the guy is still recovering from his coma and paralysis. Even his one redeeming trait in Season 1, his Villainous Friendship with his gang, is ultimately lost when he abandons his best friend Brucks to join Cobra Kai.
  • Hypocrite: He has no qualms about calling Miguel "'Rhea" just because he was buying Pepto the first time they met. And yet, he himself reacts angrily when Mitch tries to call him "Chodenose". Furthering the hypocrisy, Kyler loves making dick jokes to antagonize and mock others and "chode" is a term to describe a penis that's wider than it is long.
  • It's Personal: He's eager to get back at Miguel during their second confrontation in the climax of Season 3, for the school cafeteria fight in Season 1.
    "It's payback time, 'Rhea."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: While he is The Bully to Miguel and his friends, Kyler does at least seem to be an alright boyfriend towards Sam, until it's revealed he never truly loved or respected her, and just wanted her to put out. He later spreads vicious rumors about Sam after they break up. Season 3 proves he has not changed one bit even after Miguel kicked his ass as he continues to bully kids who are weaker than him or can't fight back (like Demetri with a broken arm). He then joins Cobra Kai so he can reassert himself over Miguel and his friends.
  • Kick the Dog: He loves this trope to pieces.
    • Not only does he shamelessly tack on a patronizing and Embarrassing Nickname to Miguel, but he also empties the bottle of Pepto Miguel purchased for his grandmother all over his head.
    • When he bullies Eli in the school library, Kyler mocks his victim's appearance, claiming no girl would ever be attracted to him.
      "Look at this freak. What kind of girl would ever kiss this shit?"
    • He openly humiliates Sam in the lunchroom, claiming that she follows her father in the fellatio department.
      Kyler: Hey, guys. You know that billboard with a big-ass dick on it? I guess Sam takes after her dad.
    • In Season 3, he also humiliates Demetri in the lunchroom by doodling a penis on the cast covering his right arm.
      "Hey, guys. Check this guy out, standing around with a dick in his hand."
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After the cafeteria beating, Kyler does not seek revenge on Miguel, and in fact avoids him at all costs thereafter, even to the point of suggesting that Yasmine move her birthday party elsewhere after he spots Miguel at the beach that their clique was headed to. His gang follows, except for Moon, who decides to join Aisha's party while Yasmine ends up being humiliated by Aisha for her past behavior.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Beaten and humiliated by Miguel from the lunchroom fight.
  • Malicious Misnaming: He tacks an Embarrassing Nickname, "'Rhea", onto Miguel because he had a bottle of Pepto on him. And he still uses it when he confronts Miguel again during Cobra Kai's assault on the Miyagi-Dos and Eagle Fangs.
  • Menace Decay: He's the primary antagonist towards Miguel until Miguel beats him and his friends in the cafeteria fight. After that, he avoids Miguel like the plague. Averted in Season 3 when he joins Cobra Kai. While Miguel still defeats him in the finale, his learning karate makes him an active threat again.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Hawk had been showing signs of disillusionment with Kreese throughout Season 3, and was clearly becoming increasingly remorseful over all that he’d done to Demitri. It is Kyler acting friendly towards him in the final battle that sends Hawk over the line and causes him to perform a Heel–Face Turn.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He and the rest of his gang beat Miguel into unconsciousness during the Halloween party. Miguel returns the favor in the cafeteria (see Kick the Dog above for the catalyst).
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Seeing Miguel among the partiers at the canyon, he's actually being sensible in recommending that Yasmine hold her birthday party elsewhere.
  • Put on a Bus: Kyler is absent in Season 2. No explanation for it is given.
  • Sadist: Kyler enjoys hurting people for his own sake. Even at their worst moments, Miguel and the majority of Cobra Kai at least have understandable motives for their aggression and don't indiscriminately go after people who didn't provoke them first. He absolutely revels in taking advantage of Miguel still recovering from a near-fatal/paralyzing injury in the Season 3 finale.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • When Miguel and Kyler make eye contact while the former was chatting with Demetri, Kyler turns around and casually walks off.
    • The moment he sees Miguel among the crowd in the canyon party, Kyler decides against starting any shit, proposing to Yasmine that they relocate (which everyone else but Moon does).
  • The Sociopath: Definitely shows a lot of sociopathic tendencies. Unlike most of Cobra Kai's other students, who were mostly bullied outcasts corrupted into bullies themselves, Kyler was a ruthless thug from the get-go. He enjoys tearing others down and making their lives hell seemingly for no other reason than because he thinks it's funny. He also appears to have no genuine loyalty to anyone, as while he initially seems to have a genuine friendship with Brucks, he abandons Brucks without a second thought when the latter is beaten up and deemed not to be Cobra Kai material (in sharp contrast to Hawk and Mitch). He's shown to be capable of charming others when he wants to, as seen when he starts dating Sam in Season 1, but it's all an act and he's actually rotten to the core.
  • Starter Villain: He serves as the main antagonist of the first half of Season 1 and is ultimately defeated by Miguel at the mid-point of the season. Afterward, he only makes a few small appearances (which consist entirely of seeing Miguel and promptly deciding to be somewhere else) during the second half of Season 1. He does eventually return in Season 3, but ends up being Demoted to Dragon.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The way he and his gang bully Miguel and his friends is pretty extreme and violent, and he has no problem whatsoever making up false stories about Sam being promiscuous when she won’t put out or or trying to get revenge on Miguel when the guy is still recovering from an injury that left him paralyzed..
  • Token Minority: He's the only named present-day character to be clearly defined as Asian, prior to the second season.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Season 3, Kreese recruits him to Cobra Kai and he becomes even more of a threat now that he has legitimate fighting skills along with his athleticism. Fortunately, Miguel is still the superior fighter.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While he's always been a jerk, for the first half of Season 1 he at least made the effort to pretend to be a nice person, to the point of convincing Sam to go out with him and making a decent enough impression on Daniel and Amanda the first time he met them. After his breakup with Sam and especially when he returns in Season 3, he seems to go out of his way to Kick the Dog as often and publicly as possible.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While Kyler is a trained wrestler, he isn't particularly good at it. He doesn't actually go for takedowns or holds until he's been hit and lacks the discipline to keep any of the ones he gets once given resistance. When put against a martial artist who values his craft more than hooking up and partying he becomes a punching bag.
    • This is eventually subverted after it's implied that he took his wrestling training much more seriously by the time he is reintroduced in Season 3, as he was able to defeat Mitch during Kyler's initiation match to get into Cobra Kai. After getting karate training from Kreese, he Took a Level in Badass and became a Strong and Skilled fighter. However, he does not have the same level of finesse as Hawk or Tory, plus he still can't hold a candle against Miguel.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Played straight in Season 1 where Kyler didn't seem to take his wrestling training all that seriously and remained at the same level of skill throughout the first season. This allowed Miguel to eventually surpass Kyler in terms of fighting prowess, resulting in Kyler's defeat at Season 1's halfway point. Averted in Season 3, where Kyler took both his wrestling and karate training much more seriously and was able to become a genuine threat again.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He is on the wrestling team and defeats Mitch with a submission hold during the Cobra Kai initiation sparring.

    Brucks 

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Played by: Bo Mitchell

Kyler's best friend among the bully clique, Brucks is a portly bruiser with a distinctly annoying voice.


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In season 3, halfway through his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Hawk, he begs for Hawk to stop. Hawk doesn't.
  • Asshole Victim: Hawk issues a vicious, one-sided beatdown to him that would have made Steven Seagal proud. Recalling his actions in Season 1, it's still hard to feel sorry for Brucks.
  • The Bully: Being Kyler's best friend, Brucks shares his mean streak.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns in Season 3 along with Kyler and his gang, visiting the Cobra Kai dojo at Kreese's invitation.
  • The Dragon: He serves as Kyler's right-hand within their bully clique. Kyler leaves him behind completely after Brucks demonstrates that he's not Cobra Kai material.
  • Dumb Muscle: Brucks is obese and not particularly bright, but Johnny recognizes him as the strongest of the bullies and was most impressed that Miguel was able to defeat him out of all of Kyler's gang.
  • Fatal Flaw: His opinion of his abilities, as shown during tryouts at Kreese's Cobra Kai (when Hawk answered his challenge). At least Kyler didn't get lazy about his abilities.
  • Jerkass: He's just as much of a dick as Kyler is. That's all you need to know about him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He relentlessly picked on Eli with Kyler in Season 1. Hawk repays him in kind (and more) in Season 3.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ends up on the receiving end of this by Hawk, so much it almost kills him. After that, Brucks isn't seen again.
  • Satellite Character: There is not much to say about Brucks other than that he was Kyler's Jerkass, Dumb Muscle best friend.
  • Smart Ball: Gets tossed this for the sake of joke when he corrects Kyler on the usage of "who" and "whom."
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He is seen benchpressing when being scouted by Kreese and was the Dumb Muscle of Kyler's posse. However, he is completely outmatched by both Johnny and Hawk.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Brucks was regarded as the strongest member of Kyler's gang in Season 1 before being defeating by Miguel. When he does come back in Season 3, Brucks apparently did not take the time to improve his fighting skills between seasons, unlike his friend Kyler. This resulted in Brucks being on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle against Hawk.
  • Villainous Friendship: He is a genuinely loyal friend to Kyler, which would be admirable if they weren't both massive jerkasses.
  • Villainous Valor: If there is anything remotely redeemable about him, it's that he will continue to fight alongside Kyler even against opponents he clearly wants to run away from, namely Johnny in the first episode. Unfortunately for him, it is one-sided; Kyler abandons him after joining Cobra Kai.

San Fernando Valley Residents

    Lynn the Homeless Woman 
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Played by: Susan Gallagher

A crystal meth-abusing homeless woman who "hustles" the mini-mall where the Cobra Kai Dojo is located.


  • Accidental Innuendo: In-universe. There are a couple of instances where Lynn twists what Johnny says to her to take on a suggestive meaning, much to the latter's dismay.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: At one point, Johnny attempts to hire Lynn to hold up a sign advertising the Cobra Kai dojo, but she soon loses interest and uses the sign as a roof for her stuff.
  • Beauty Inversion: Lynn looks like an old, meth-addled street woman, yet the same definitely could not be said of her actress, Susan Gallagher.
  • Crazy Homeless People: Lynn doesn’t appear to be mentally balanced, and she scares the crap out of Yasmine and Moon. (Though in fairness, the latter was more because Yasmine and Moon are Rich Bitches who fear/despise the poor than anything Lynn actually does to them.)

    Xander Stone 
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Played by: Talin Chat

The previous year's All Valley Under-18 Karate Champion who represents the Topanga karate school. He makes into the semi-finals during the championship in the Season 1 finale.


  • Affectionate Parody: Of the heroes of 80s martial arts movies like The Karate Kid. He goes out of his way to give an Aesop-tastic speech about "fighting against hatred" and focuses on a flashier martial arts style that focuses more on looking cool than being an effective martial art.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Why he barely defeats Aisha and why he loses to Miguel. His method of fighting seems to focus more on flash than inflicting damage. Put against someone like Miguel whose moves are simple yet quite powerful, he loses the semi-final match three points to one.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: "Xander Stone" has such a nice ring to it.
  • Dance Battler: The guy really loves to show off his flips. While it winds up being effective against a Mighty Glacier like Aisha, it is part of the reason he loses the Semi-Final Match to Miguel.
  • Expy:
    • Of Daniel LaRusso in his youth. A Caucasian martial artist going up against one of the students of Coba Kai in a martial arts tournament who's a full blown Affectionate Parody of movies like The Karate Kid. The only things missing are an Asian mentor and a parody of the Crane Kick.
    • Of Vidal from the original movie as well. A tough martial artist (in this case the defending champion) that defeats a Cobra Kai member, only to lose to the ace of the dojo to show how tough said ace is.
  • Graceful Loser: He takes his defeat from Miguel very well, offering his opponent a congratulatory handshake and bow after the match. His mother, on the other hand...
  • Nice Guy: To an almost obnoxious degree.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: He give a rather lengthy speech about "fighting against hatred" just before the semi-finals. His speech can be interpreted as a publicity stunt, but the fact that he acts like a Graceful Loser after being defeated by Miguel suggests that he is indeed a nice guy.
  • Soap Box Sadie: Takes time right before the semi-finals to go on a long speech about fighting intolerance. Even the nicer members of Cobra Kai find the speech annoying. Though this may be justified because there's an possibility his stage mom had made him like this to make them both look good.
  • The Worf Effect: On both ends of this. During the championship he is able to fight on par with and eventually defeat Aisha, who is arguably Cobra Kai's second best student. However, he loses to Miguel, Cobra Kai's star pupil, during the semi-finals. This is mostly done to show off the extent of Miguel's fighting skills before Robby has to fight him.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no bones about going all out against Aisha, though downplayed since he's obviously not trying to genuinely hurt her given that it's point karate.
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    Trey and Cruz 
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Played by: Terayle Hill (Trey) and Jeff Kaplan (Cruz)

Robby's two hoodlum friends. They make their living by trafficking in stolen goods, but they're not above resorting to violence to get their way.


  • Ambiguously Brown: In-Universe, Shannon doesn't know his name, but describes Cruz as "vaguely Latin".
  • Dirty Coward: While a third, unnamed guy accompanying the pair restrains Robby, Cruz brandishes a switchblade and prepares to knife his unarmed opponent.
  • Dual Boss: They fight Robby in a 2 against 1 brawl when Robby tries to stop them from robbing Daniel's dealership.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: While they have mad respect for Daniel after that Curb-Stomp Battle at the beachfront, Cruz laughs Johnny off as a pathetic loser. Not for long.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: The two were not punished for their crimes after fleeing Daniel's dealership in Season 1 Episode 7. Come their next encounter with Robby in Season 2 Episode 4 (backed up by a third guy), however, Daniel arrives to Robby's rescue and effortlessly floors his attackers. By Season 3 Episode 2, both are in prison for their many crimes, and Cruz gets bitchslapped by Johnny twice.
  • Textual Celebrity Resemblance: While describing Trey, Shannon says that he looks like Chris Brown.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Robby wasn't exactly a good kid when he was introduced, but their influence on him certainly didn't help. In season 3 Shannon explicitly says that whenever Robby got into trouble, these two weren't far behind.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: A pair of low level criminals who never appear without the other. Not even after their Karma Houdini Warranty.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: During the dealership fight, the two are eventually able to beat the karate trained Robby, despite no indication that they have any formal training. Granted, Robby just started to learn karate only a few weeks ago. The only reason they didn't beat Robby to a pulp is because Robby pointed out that a security camera was filming them, meaning they would be caught if they tried to rob the dealership.
  • Villain Respect: They develop this for Daniel after he kicks their asses at the beach, even going so far as to call him "Mr. LaRusso."
  • We Will Meet Again: Cruz warns Robby to "watch his ass" after their attempt to rob Daniel's dealership failed, before fleeing with Trey.
  • The Worf Effect: An interesting retrospective example. Their fight with Robby at the dealership is partly done to give the audience a gauge of Robby's karate skills. Although Robby put up a good fight, he ultimately loses since he was outnumbered two to one and only had a few weeks of training, and Trey and Cruz only left after he pointed out that a security camera was filming them. Now compare that to Miguel, who could easily defeat four bullies trained in wrestling just 2 episodes ago. It really shows the difference in skill and experience when Robby has to fight Miguel in the season finale.
  • Would Harm a Senior: They, along with their inside man, don't hesitate to attack Daniel when he steps in to defend Robby. It doesn't end well for them, as he makes short work of them. (It's also a Downplayed Trope, as Daniel is only in his early fifties at this point.)

    Armand Zakarian 
Played by: Ken Davitian

A wealthy developer who owns many properties in the Valley, including the strip mall where the Cobra Kai dojo is located.


  • Corrupt Corporate Executive:
    • Downplayed in Season 1. He does double the rent for his tenants without considering their ability to keep paying it, but Armand legitimately believes he's matching the market rate. He's last seen telling his son to be harsh and resolute in his trade.
    • In Episode 4 of Season 2, he decides to increase the rent for the Cobra Kai dojo again just because Johnny's business is booming and he can easily pay the extra rent.
    • Played with at the end of Season 2, in that while he signed ownership of the Cobra Kai dojo over to Kreese while Johnny was away on his weekend trip with his old friends, Johnny only ever made a "handshake deal" with Zakarian for the dojo and technically never actually owned it. Then again, Kreese also mentioned that said landlord told him he never liked Johnny.
  • Cranky Landlord: Actually worse than most examples of this trope. Armand couldn't care less if his tenants' businesses are legal, as long as they can pay (and keep paying) the rent no matter how much he jacks it up. And yes, he is cranky all the time.
  • Good Parents: While he has his faults he is a good father to his son Roland. He took him to lobster night when Daniel invited them, and he took him with him to show how to raise rent on people. Letting him know you have to be tough, though he should had made sure Roland was paying attention to him instead of his phone at first.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Even in a fancy country club, his etiquette is horrible.
  • No Social Skills: Incredibly blunt, barely groomed, and lacking in everything but simple business savvy. It's even revealed that the reason he was kicked out of Encino Hills Country Club in the first place is because he was caught urinating in the showers, which he tries to rationalize with "everybody does it".
  • Self-Made Man: Perhaps Armand's only redeeming quality. During his conversations with Daniel, the latter attempts to flatter him by reminding him that neither of them were born into wealth (unlike everyone else at the country club).
  • Unwitting Pawn: Daniel plays him like a fiddle to manipulate him into raising Johnny's rent. He never even realizes it wasn't his own idea.

    Tom Cole 
Played by: David Shatraw

"Look, I believe in karma. What goes up, over a balcony, must come down."

Daniel LaRusso's local business rival in the auto dealership industry. While his enmity with Daniel is non-violent, Cole is not above trolling Daniel or even poaching his employees.


  • Bullying a Dragon: He's the first of many to think Daniel is merely riding off his success decades ago, not realizing Daniel has retained most of his karate skill.
  • The Bus Came Back: After one appearance in Season 1, he's only referenced by other people until he returns in Season 3.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Cole's jerkassery in seasons 1 and 2 was hurtful to Daniel, but not particularly immoral. In season 3, he crosses a new line by secretly convincing Doyona to drop Daniel's dealership, which will run Daniel out of business. And yes, he continues to be an insulting jerkass while he's at it.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While his antics vary between Poke the Poodle and Kick the Dog he does bring a lot of valid points in his first appearance:
    • While gimmicky, a cactus is a more responsible plant to own than a bonsai, given California's frequent droughts.
    • He rightly points out Daniel was making a bigger deal of Tom's American-laden commercial than need be.
    • He notes that Daniel takes too much pride in winning the All Valley Karate Tournament in high school and the accomplishment isn't as big a deal as he treats it as.
  • Kick the Dog: He clearly enjoys rubbing in Daniel's face how badly his dealership has suffered as a result of the negative PR from the school brawl in Season 3. Even worse, he cracks jokes about Miguel's life-threatening injuries.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While it takes most of season 3 to play out, his attempts to run the LaRusso Auto Group out of business ultimately saves Daniel both professionally and personally by way of forcing Daniel to travel to Japan, and ultimately Okinawa.
    • Professionally, this allows Daniel to run into Yuna, the same person he helped save in a Typhoon 34 years ago. Said woman is now willing to help Daniel save his business relationship with Doyona International.
    • Personally, Daniel's trip to Okinawa allowed him to meet with Chozen, who ultimately teaches him the secret Pressure Point techniques that save his life during the fight with Kreese in the season finale.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In season 1, Cole is mostly a jerkass Troll to Daniel, and Daniel humiliates him during his one appearance. In season 2, Cole makes quite a hit on Daniel's business, as Daniel is unable to keep him from swiping some of LaRusso Auto Group's best salespeople. By Season 3, he's signed an exclusive deal with the main distributor of all the major Japanese car companies, convinces them to cut their ties with the LaRussos and tries to buy the dealership out from under Daniel and Amanda. Only a massive dose of Karmic Jackpot prevents his complete victory.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: While it never goes beyond the confines of their business rivalry, Cole always seems ready to take advantage of Daniel's misfortune, be it the billboard vandalism or his distraction with Cobra Kai.
  • Poke the Poodle: After Johnny spray-paints a dick on Daniel's billboard, he rubs it in Daniel's face by ordering 100 sausage pizzas for LaRusso Auto Group. Then there's also the subtle jab at Daniel's bonsai deal that he put into his Revolutionary War-themed commercial.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Not to be confused with his actual nemesis (Johnny), Tom is LaRusso Auto's rival in the car dealership business.
  • Underestimating Badassery: "I'm not really a Revolutionary soldier, and you're not really a karate guy". One spin kick later, Cole's drink is airborne.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: He never does anything illegal or truly morally reprehensible in seasons 1 and 2. He was just a jerk, and not as bad as Daniel or Johnny had been the same season. In season 2, he does take many of Daniel's best employees, but he does so by offering better salaries than what Daniel does. Anoush only took the deal because Daniel blew off the opportunity to match it. In season 3, he dramatically exits this trope with a plan that would have ruined Daniel's business if it had worked.

    Shawn Payne 

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Played by: Okea Eme Akwari

An inmate in Sylmar Juvenile Corrections (SJDC) who torments Robby.


  • Everyone Has Standards: He's a complete Jerkass who bullies and physically assaults Robby for absolutely no reason, but he refuses to snitch on Robby for starting their last fight and develops a begrudging respect for him when he discovers Robby did the same.
  • Kick the Dog: He makes Robby's time in juvie hell every opportunity he gets.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: A confrontation between his gang and Robby shortly after the latter's admission to juvie ends with Robby writhing on the floor.
  • No Name Given: Downplayed; he is never referred to by his first name at any point in the series, in-universe.
  • Villain Respect: After Robby's fight with Shawn is broken up, both of them gain respect for each other when they learn that neither of them snitched afterwards. This marks the end of Shawn and his gang hassling Robby.

    Ali Mills Schwarber 
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"You both think there's only one side to the story."
Played by: Elisabeth Shue

"Sometimes it's good to visit the past to know where you are now. But you can't live in the past."

The former girlfriend of both Johnny and Daniel during their high school days, she is now a Denver-based pediatric surgeon.


  • Amicable Exes: She remains on friendly terms with Daniel and Johnny when she meets them both again and gives them both closure on their past relationship with her (especially in Johnny's case). She also implies that this is her case with her ex-husband Greg, citing their separation as neither of their faults.
  • Big Damn Reunion: Johnny embraces her when they meet for the first time in over three decades, at a cafe. She and Daniel also share a hug when they meet at a Christmas party.
  • The Bus Came Back: After 36 years and not being seen since the original film, she makes her return to the franchise come late Season 3.
  • Foil: To Amanda. Both have had romantic relationships with Daniel, recognize how petty Daniel and Johnny's rivalry really is and try to act as the Voice of Reason to bring it to an end. However, where Amanda is sarcastic and dismissive of the rivalry, Ali is unceasingly friendly and understanding, and she ultimately succeeds where Amanda failed in getting Daniel and Johnny on the same page. It helps that Ali was around during the events of the original film and has a deep history with both men, giving her an insight into the origins of the rivalry and the ways in which they are Not So Different that Amanda doesn't have.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Aside from her blonde hair being an admirable quality, she remains one of the nicest characters in the show and acts rather amiable to both Johnny and Daniel.
  • Meaningful Rename: She points out to Daniel that she's just Mills again, no longer Schwarber — meaning her marriage really is kaput.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: The last we heard about her was when Daniel said she'd left him for a college football player. It turns out that the guy was an old friend of hers, Daniel saw them talking and got jealous, and they got in a fight that led to the break-up.
  • Nice Girl: With none of Amanda's Deadpan Snarker tendencies. She remains cordial to both Johnny and Daniel, and ends up being the one to achieve what absolutely everyone else failed to: mend the friction between the two and set aside their differences once and for all.
  • Old Flame: Mildly for Daniel, especially considering Amanda is right there, and ends up liking Ali. (She does, naturally, snarkily note that Ali got "two hugs".) Heavily for Johnny, whom she takes on a nostalgic date, snuggles with, and almost kisses.
  • The One That Got Away: She clearly occupies this space in Johnny's mind, even decades after they broke up (and to an extent in Daniel's mind, too). When she and Johnny finally reconnect, and he learns that she's in the process of a divorce, they proceed to essentially go on a date at Golf N' Stuff, including an Almost Kiss. In the end, however, they both realize that their relationship is in the past, and they depart as friends.
  • Only Sane Man: After learning about everything that has happened between the two, Ali tells both Johnny and Daniel that they need to accept neither of them is wholly innocent for what happened in the past and they have a lot more in common than they'd like to admit. It helps them finally put away their differences and team up to take down Kreese once and for all.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Downplayed Trope. When Ali recounts how she and Daniel broke up and how he was a Crazy Jealous Guy, she also later admits that she may have exaggerated her relationship with her college friend as something more in order to egg Daniel on.

Okinawa

    Kumiko 
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Played by: Tamlyn Tomita

The niece of the late Yukie and Daniel's former love interest.


  • Amicable Exes: She and Daniel were romantically involved for a short time, decades ago. When they reconnect, both of them are absolutely thrilled to see one another, with no hint of any hard feelings or unresolved conflict.
  • The Bus Came Back: She and Daniel reunite in Okinawa for the first time in over three decades since the conclusion of Part II.
  • The Confidant: She listens to a troubled Daniel while also sharing with him her past troubles, and helps him out with his emotional problems.
  • Confirmed Bachelor: Despite her aunt's wishes, Kumiko has remained unmarried throughout her whole life.
    Kumiko: I stayed, uh... What was your word for it? A "free agent".
    Daniel: Come on, I'm supposed to believe that a guy never got a ring on that finger?
    Kumiko: Many tried. But... none of them fought to the death for me.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After everything she went through in the second film, she achieved her dream of dancing internationally with a renowed troupe.
  • Generation Xerox: Like her Aunt Yukie never married and continued to love Miyagi from Japan, Kumiko's relationship with Daniel now seems to echo this.
  • Hidden Depths: As a person raised with traditional Okinawan culture, Daniel jokes that Kumiko's favorite thing about London must have been A Spot Of Tea. It was seeing The Cranberries in concert.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She fixes Daniel's karate and business problems in the US without even a hint of it guaranteeing Daniel will go on with his life without her.
  • Nice Girl: She remains on good terms with Daniel even after not having seen each other for over three decades, and helps him out with his emotional and business troubles. She's even quite cordial to Chozen, who tried to kill her once (although the shame-leverage there might have helped with getting him to help Daniel).
  • Old Flame: Chastely with the married Daniel, probably with some Foreshadowing for Ali's reappearance. Nothing happens, but they're both clearly delighted to see each other and spend time with each other again. Daniel even says it feels like it's been minutes since they saw each other, not decades. This gets sneakily lampshaded when Kumiko lights an actual lantern before reading Miyagi's letters to Yukie to Daniel.
  • The One That Got Away: Kumiko seems to consider Daniel to be this to her, with shades of her One True Love. She mentioned many pursuers, but none ever willing to face potential death for her like he did.
  • Trickster Mentor: She does Miyagi proud by secretly arranging for Daniel to meet with Chozen again, leading to Daniel learning a new special technique.

    Chozen Toguchi 
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Played by: Yuji Okumoto

The nephew of the late Sato and former enemy of Daniel.


  • The Atoner: Chozen has spent his life atoning for the misdeeds of his youth, and ultimately confesses to Daniel that his regret is difficult to overcome.
  • The Bus Came Back: He and Daniel have not seen each other in over three decades since the end of Part II, until he encounters him at a bar, on Kumiko's invitation.
  • Call-Back:
    • During their sparring, Chozen ultimately immobilizes Daniel, holding the latter's head and preparing a finishing strike in the exact same way that Daniel did to Chozen at the end of Part II, including honking the nose instead of delivering the finishing blow.
    • Chozen also ends up saying his famous line "You keep for your collection" yet again, albeit in a far more civil context this time.
  • Confirmed Bachelor: Like Kumiko, there is no indication that Chozen ever married or had any children.
  • Death Seeker: Defied. He was this way at the end of Part II, especially after losing to Daniel in the final fight, but his uncle guided him back to sanity.
    "After our fight, I felt great shame. I... I wanted to die. But, my uncle saved me. He gave me a chance to prove myself. I spent my life trying to do just that. But... regret is sometimes difficult to overcome."
  • Foil: To Johnny, being another rival of Daniel's during their teenage years. But while Johnny's life has been on a downward spiral ever since his loss to Daniel, and there is little love lost between him and the other man in the present day, Chozen is in a far better place by the time he first appears in the series, and enjoys cordial relations with Daniel (at least when he isn't feigning animosity towards him).
  • The Gadfly: While he Took a Level in Kindness and forgave Daniel following the events of Part II, he decides to act like he still holds a grudge as part of being a Trickster Mentor and just to have a laugh.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Chozen has long redeemed himself by the time he meets Daniel again, but the only details he provides are that he went through a period of great shame following his loss to Daniel, until his uncle Sato helped him find purpose again.
  • Old Master: He seemed to have dedicated his whole life to karate and teaching Miyagi-do. When Daniel invites him to see him off, Chozen mentions that he had a class to teach.
  • Redemption Promotion: Although Daniel defeated him in The Karate Kid Part II, since his offscreen Heel–Face Turn Chozen has become a master practitioner of Miyagi-Do karate and completely outclasses Daniel in their friendly rematch.
  • Revenge: Played for Laughs. It seemed like Chozen wants revenge on Daniel for his defeat decades before, but when it appears he's about to deal Daniel a deathblow, he honks his nose. Chozen gleefully admits that he's waited years to do that.
  • Silver Fox: While he, like the rest of the cast, has aged, he still is a very handsome fellow and if his huge bulging biceps are any indication, he still is as much of a Mr. Fanservice as he was years ago.
  • Still Got It: The Training Montage involving him and Daniel shows that he hasn't just retained his fighting skills; he is leagues ahead of his former nemesis.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While Daniel has become an Old Master himself, Chozen repeatedly gains the upper hand when the two of them are sparring. Probably helps that Chozen has been a full time practitioner and teacher in the years since while Daniel had to prioritize his family and business during that timeframe.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Chozen appears to not have changed much come his first encounter with Daniel in over three decades. However, this is only an act, and he reveals that his experiences following the end of Part II have humbled him over the years. After an extended training montage, the two depart on good terms. It is also revealed that Chozen ultimately made up with Sato and even Kumiko (at least enough for her to feel comfortable inviting him to meet Daniel again).

    Yuna 
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Played by: Traci Toguchi

A friend of Kumiko and the Senior Vice President of Sales at Doyona International.


  • Big Damn Reunion: She and Daniel share a hug after she reminds him that she was the same girl Daniel saved during a typhoon in Okinawa.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Previously appeared in Part II as the young girl Daniel had rescued.
  • Deus ex Machina: Just as it seems Daniel has no hope of getting a deal with Doyona and therefore may have to sell his dealership, he reunites with the little girl who he saved during the storm back in Part II, who is now all grown-up and is in fact the Senior Vice President of Sales at Doyona International.
  • Karmic Jackpot: The young girl Daniel saved decades ago ended up becoming an important business official and is reunited with him right when his company was in danger.
  • Named by the Adaptation: She was not named in Part II.
  • Surprisingly Good English: She speaks fluent American-accented English. Justified, given her position as Senior Vice President of Sales at Doyona International.

Vietnam

    Captain Turner 
Played by: Terry Serpico

The captain of a Green Beret squadron in Vietnam who recruits Kreese.


  • Asshole Victim: Kreese stills drops him into the pit even after the US army arrives to drive off the Viet Cong. Given his nonchalant attitude to killing his own men, it's hard to feel sorry for him.
  • Badass in Charge: He trained in Tang Soo Do under Kim Sun-Yung in the Korean War, and in turn teaches all his men.
  • Bad Boss: Upon the mission going south, he abruptly turns horribly abusive and has no problem killing his own men for his survival.
  • Bait the Dog: His decision to hide Betsy's death from Kreese initially seems reasonably sympathetic, suggesting that he may actually care for his men, despite his abuse. They are about to go on a dangerous mission and Kreese's grief could put himself and the rest of the team in danger. This goes out the window when he shamelessly brings it up to break Kreese's spirit.
  • Caught Monologuing: Turner was initially dominating and winning his fight against Kreese while they were fighting above the Snake Pit, and had Kreese totally at his mercy and on the edge of the bridge. However, instead of tossing Kreese into the pit and ending the fight right there, he decided to start monologuing about how Kreese was a failure because he failed to adopt his views of not showing mercy and shedding his humanity, and was distracted with monologuing long enough for Kreese to catch him off guard and turn the fight around.
  • Devoured by the Horde: Implied when Kreese kicks him into the Snake Pit. We hear only an impact and then a menacing dissonance of hissing.
  • Evil Mentor: He's the one who set the kindly, chivalrous busboy-turned-soldier John Kreese on the path to becoming the nightmare we know him as today.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Captain Turner belittles Kreese for failing to grasp his Social Darwinist, kill or be killed teachings when in the POW camp. During the death battle staged by their captors, which ends right as the camp is being liberated, Kreese internalizes this lesson and kills Turner.
  • Kick the Dog: He originally hid the information about the death of Kreese's girlfriend so that Kreese wouldn't lose focus in the war from grief. Later, when the two of them have become POWs, not only did Turner rub the mission's failure in Kreese's face, but when Kreese volunteered to fight him, Turner bluntly revealed Betsy's death to Kreese to screw with his head.
  • Meaningful Name: Captain Turner was indeed the start of Kreese's "turn" into a monstrous sociopath.
  • The Neidermeyer: When the squad gets captured and imprisoned by the Viet Cong, he refuses to do his duties as the ranking officer in the situation even when Kreese calls him out on it.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Implied. He espouses the mindset of 'No Mercy' even if the enemy should surrender and tells Kreese to forget the "peace and love" notions preached by college protestors back in America. He also believes the Tang Soo Do he learned during the Korean War will help in fighting the Vietnamese — as he believes in learning to fight like the enemy, he seems to generalize that learning one particular Asian martial art will be just as effective in fighting the rest.
  • Predecessor Villain: He has been dead for over half a century, but he is ultimately responsible for most if not all of the conflict in the series. He is the one who turned Kreese into the amoral sociopath he is today and trained him in martial arts.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appeared in flashbacks of Kreese's time as a Vietnam War soldier, but if it weren't for him abusing Kreese for not doing his mission properly and rubbing his crush's death before they fought each other, Kreese would have never become the sociopath he is, Cobra Kai would never have existed, and Daniel might not have formed his strong bond with Mr. Miyagi.
  • The Social Darwinist: When he, Kreese, and the rest of their platoon are taken as POWs, Turner abandons his responsibilities as CO and simply does what he has to to survive. There are some elements of I Did What I Had to Do in his thinking as he does actually seem somewhat regretful (if still disappointed) that he would have to kill Kreese when they're selected next to fight above a Snake Pit.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Turner espouses the "No Mercy" code that Cobra Kai will one day adopt and believes soldiers must shed their humanity if they wish to survive. When captured and forced into death matches, he almost seems eager to kill his own men.
  • Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: He started out as a fairly standard Army captain who was a little rough around the edges. Each appearance he shows his true colors committing a more unscrupulous act each time, until he shows himself as callous self-serving borderline sociopath.

    Terry Silver 
Played by: Nick Marini (1960s flashbacks)

One of Kreese's Green Beret squadmates, whose mistake on a mission has fatal consequences.


  • Bait-and-Switch: We're initially led to think another squadmate nicknamed "Ponytail" is Terry due to his distinctive hairstyle, but then he dies and it turns out the one called "Twig" is actually Terry.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: The squad nicknames him "Twig" due to his unimpressive physique.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Being in the same event as Kreese, this unlucky soldier would go on to become a wealthy businessman who would dump toxic waste and once manipulated a teenaged Daniel into embracing Cobra Kai brutality.
  • Important Haircut: In the past, he had short hair instead of the ponytail we saw in Karate Kid III. It's likely he adopted his later one to honor his and Kreese's friend who was executed in front of them.
  • I Owe You My Life: He's grateful to Kreese for saving his life and will do anything to return the favor.
  • My Greatest Failure: He's horrified when his failure to evacuate the base the squad is supposed to blow up results in the team's capture.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kreese takes his place fighting Turner and ultimately frees him from the POW cage. In turn, Terry swears a solemn debt to him which will be paid back in the third film, and ultimately Season 4 of this show.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Like Kreese, he was a pretty nice guy back in the 60s. The hellish experiences they went through warped him into the Corrupt Corporate Executive we saw in the third film.
  • The Vietnam Vet: He served as a Green Beret alongside Kreese during their time in the Vietnam War and would go through the same kind of hell as the Cobra Kai sensei did, eventually warping into a Corrupt Corporate Executive as seen in Part III.
  • Villainous Friendship: He's one of the few people Kreese seems to genuinely care for, even after all the atrocities he's done.
  • Villainous Virtues: We've yet to see the scope of his villainy in the series, but his virtue of loyalty is clear. He promised to repay Kreese for saving his life, and it's implied that, even fifty years later, he's still willing to do what it takes.

    Ponytail 
Played by: Seth Kemp

A Green Beret squadmate who served alongside Kreese and Silver.


  • Boom, Headshot!: He spends his final moments at a Vietnamese soldier's mercy before he is shot in the head.
  • Mistaken Identity: The audience initially believes him to be the young Terry Silver because of his ponytail (which Silver would eventually don in Part III) and loudmouth personality. However, it's "Twig" who turns out to actually be Silver.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never revealed.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He teases Kreese and Silver but the three do still seem to be close friends, with Kreese still keeping a picture of the trio together many years after the war.

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